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Willem S van Oldenbarneveldt, heer van den Stoutenburg

Also Known As: "Ridder"
Birthplace: Den Haag, Rhynland (present Zuid-Holland), Holland, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden (present The Netherlands)
Death: Died in Brussels, Kwartier van Brussel (Present Gewest Brussel), Brabant, Spaanse Nederlanden (Present Belgium)
Cause of death: Died in exile before 1638.
Immediate Family:

Son of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Raadpensionaris van Holland and Maria van Utrecht
Husband of Walburg van Marnix van Sint-Aldegonde
Brother of Jan van Oldenbarnevelt; Adriana Geertruijde van Oldenbarnevelt; Maria Johanna Petronella van Oldenbarnevelt and Reinier van Oldenbarnevelt, heer van Groeneveld

Occupation: Lord of Stoutenburg, Gentilhomme-ordinaire koning Hendrik, Ritmeerster Bergen-op-Zoom IV
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About Willem van Oldenbarnevelt, heer van den Stoutenburg

From the English Wikipedia page for Willem van Oldenbarnevelt, Lord of Stoutenburg:


Willem van Oldenbarnevelt, lord of the Stoutenburg (1590 – before 1638) was a son of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt. He was born in The Hague, where he was baptised at the court-chapel in November 1590.

He first served as a captain of an Overijssel company of the Dutch republican army. He left for Paris in late 1607, together with his brother Reinier van Oldenbarnevelt, for his Grand Tour, an educational journey abroad in order to complete his study at the Dutch university, but also to become familiar with the morals of the higher classes in other countries. The influential ambassador François Aerssen was the guardian of the two young brothers.

After only a few weeks into their journey they were invited to the court of King Henry IV of France. Reinier did not stay long in Paris, and soon returned to the Netherlands in order to marry. Willem enjoyed himself in Paris so much with the game Jeu de Paume (tennis), that van Aerssen sent worried letters to the Netherlands, writing that Willem was neglecting his mathematics study there. Johan van Oldenbarnevelt was not pleased with this, and he let it be known that he would like to see Willem being given a post at the French court.

On August 7, 1608, Willem was appointed a gentleman-ordinary of King Henry IV, which gave him a salary of 3000 Dutch guilders, a post that was probably given for political reasons. Nonetheless, William remained a passionate fan of Jeu de Paume, and wasted his entire salary at the tennis court.

On May 7, 1611 he was knighted by King James I of England, and a few days later, on May 30, he was made Captain at Bergen op Zoom. On December 22, 1613 he was made a Knight of the Order of the Garter by James I, probably also for political reasons.[1]

In 1616 Willem van Oldenbarnevelt married Walburch van Marnix van Sint-Aldegonde, granddaughter of Philip van Marnix van Sint-Aldegonde. He was appointed governor of Bergen op Zoom in 1617 thanks to mediation by his father.[2]

After the execution of his father on May 13, 1619, he was removed from his functions, and was left destitute by the seizure of the possessions of his father, Johan van Oldenbarnevelt. Willem conspired with amongst others his brother Reinier van Oldenbarnevelt and the Remonstrant preacher Hendrick Danielsz Slatius to assassinate Maurice of Orange, who was responsible for the death of his father. They hired a number of sailors for 400 guilders to carry out the attack. The assassination was to take place on February 7, 1623, but the plan leaked out one day early.[3] Reinier van Oldenbarnevelt was arrested and beheaded in The Hague. Willem managed to escape to Brussels, which was controlled by the Spaniards.

Later, letters sent by him to Hugo de Groot were found, which he wrote in the period from January 23, 1626 to 9 December, 1633. These letters showed that Willem had hoped to one day return to the Republic, that he had remained a Protestant and had not taken service in the Spanish army. His testament, however, showed that he had become Catholic and had entered service in the Spanish army.[2] His wife had not fled with him to Brussels, but did send him money every year. Willem wrote about this that his wife to her ability sent a yearly pension to her not-used-to-poverty husband.

The date of his death is unknown, but since his wife remarried in 1638, it is believed he died before this date. Willem van Oldenbarnevelt and his wife had no children.


1.^ Bondt, Cees de (1993 Heeft eymant lust met bal of met reket te spelen...? Hilversum: Uitgeverij Verloren pp.103-105

2.^ Kajaan, H. (1987) Inventaris van het archief van de familie Van Oldenbarnevelt, (1449) 1510-1705 Nationaal Archief: Nummer Toegang: 3.20.41

3.^ Houten, Antoinette van (1996) Kerk aan de Laan: geschiedenis van de Remonstrantse broederschap te 's Gravenhage en omstreken Hilversum: Uitgeverij Verloren. pp.40-41

Willem's son Pieter was born in 1613 in New Amsterdam

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Willem van Oldenbarnevelt, heer van den Stoutenburg's Timeline

November 12, 1590
Den Haag, Rhynland (present Zuid-Holland), Holland, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden (present The Netherlands)
November 1590
Den Haag, Rhynland (present Zuid-Holland), Holland, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden (present The Netherlands)
Age 47
Brussels, Kwartier van Brussel (Present Gewest Brussel), Brabant, Spaanse Nederlanden (Present Belgium)